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Here’s a Hot Mess of Ongoing Drag Shows in Seattle

Just in Time for Pride Month!
June 14, 2022
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Catch Irene DuBois (winner of Seattle's So You Think You Can Drag competition in 2018) at Dreamland Bar & Diner's drag brunch every weekend. (Matt Baume)

Wheeeeeew, there are a lot of drag shows in Seattle. And understandably, since we keep cleaning up at all the competitions and everything or whatever. From West Seattle to the Hill, you’ve really got your choice just about any day of the week, whenever you might get a wild hair to see some drag–and this is but a small selection. Look at how lucky we are. Read on for a handy list of recurring events around town, or check out our drag calendar for up-to-the-minute options.

WEDNESDAYS

WERKshop Wednesdays: Drag Open Stage Night Add to a List
Mercury Divine, Seattle’s dandiest dandy, emcees a weekly open mic for kings, queens, and in-betweens to workshop their stage acts before a welcoming audience in a chill, low-presh environment. The result is a performance potpourri that’s engendered (heh) a real community around it. Anyone is welcome to come watch OR to perform; folks can sign up in advance and email an mp3 of their music and their tech requirements. That’s so nice. Look at how nice that is.
(Kremwerk, Downtown, $5, weekly)

THURSDAYS

TUSH! Add to a List
Every fourth Thursday at Beacon Hill’s Clock-Out Lounge, Seattle’s vintage-glamour vixen, Betty Wetter, hosts TUSH!, where four queens debut their new material and then DJ Arson spins afterward. TUSH! has previously showcased the likes of Beau Degas, Jane Don’t, and Angel Baby Kill Kill Kill. Per Christopher Frizzelle in 2020, “TUSH! is my favorite…and not just because the Clock-Out Lounge has that fabulous gold curtain, and not just because they serve deep-dish, focaccia pizza… [but because] you never know what you’re going to get.”  
(Fourth Thursdays, Clock-Out Lounge, Beacon Hill, $15, fourth Thursdays)

Dancing Queens Add to a List
Down in White Center, the pastel vaporwave-flavored Boombox Bar features the Dancing Queens drag dance night every Thursday night, hosted by the Boombox Babes, lovely eighties ladies Rylee Raw, Kenzie Kardashian, and Whispurr Watershadow. Expect pop-up performances, tunes from DJ Walt Deez, and a low-key, neighborhoody scene. That’s how they do things in White Center, okay? Everyone’s included. When you’re here, you’re drag family.
(Boombox Bar, White Center, free, weekly)

FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS

Mx. A Queer/Bar Drag Show Add to a List
Heavily studded with RuPaul’s Drag Race queens, this drag cabaret happens twice every single weekend at Queer/Bar. Past (and probably future) performers include Kornbread, Arrietty and Adele’s favorite Adele impersonator, Kristie Champagne.
(Queer Bar, Capitol Hill, cover varies depending on guests, weekly)

The Lashes Drag Experience Add to a List
The "longest-running drag show in Washington State history," formerly at R Place (RIP) has a new home. As the "spiritual successor" to the venue that was once the "anchor of Capitol Hill queer nightlife" (per Matt Baume), it only makes sense that the Comeback hosts some of Seattle's biggest drag names on the reg: Cookie Couture, Ladie Chablis, Miss Texas 1988, Lüchi, and Kung Pow Meow.
(The Comeback, SoDo, cover varies, weekly)

Le Faux Add to a List
You clearly just landed in town if you don’t know about Le Faux, but it’s okay, there’s a first time for everything. The go-to Seattle drag show turns 18 this year, so it can vote and go to prison for life now. Still holding court at Julia’s on Broadway to this day, Le Faux is your boomer mom’s first drag show, with the Glamazons and boas and beads and super-deluxe wigs and fancy lighting—y’know, real Broadway-level shit. Literally. It’s always a fantastic time, though, and it even includes an option for dinner (or brunch Add to a List ). Watch out for bachelorette parties.
(Julia's Restaurant, Capitol Hill, $35 - $65, weekly; brunch on Saturdays & Sundays)

SATURDAYS

Dream Girls Drag Brunch Add to a List
Fremont’s little pastel bar/diner has its own set of pastel queens to match. The Dream Girls vary but are usually some combination of Arietty, Betty Wetter, and Irene DuBois, along with at least one special guest. This show is unique for a few reasons: It’s on Saturday mornings instead of the traditional Sundays, it’s held on the covered/heated patio, and it’s happening in what the venue itself correctly describes as a Gucci Waffle House. (Order the creamy-coconutty Monte Cristo; it’s a whole hell of a thing.)
(Dreamland Bar and Diner, Fremont, $15, weekly)

Kings: A Drag King Show Add to a List
Kings is Seattle’s only, ONLY ongoing drag king show, if you can believe it, but it’s not limited to just kings! Hosted by Samuel L. JackYouSon, the lineup frequently includes such characters as Bruno Baewatch, Dean the Vampire King, Mercury Divine, and Mykal Shortan, and it’s open to “kings and things,” as it were. This happens every last Saturday at Kremwerk, and we’re not sure if it’s a normal occurrence, but in April, they had a Drag Roulette for the audience to participate in, where spectators got to perform a surprise song! That sounds so super fun.
(Kremwerk, Downtown, $8 - $12, last Saturdays)

West End Girls: A Drag Extravaganza! Add to a List
It’s dinner and drag at the Skylark in Delridge every last Saturday of the month—if you can manage to snag a table, that is. West End Girls is the brainchild of Cookie Couture, who you might know better as Miss Gay Seattle #57, and her costars have included Old Witch (who is also Cookie’s spouse), Londyn Bradshaw, and Betty Wetter. By the way, Cookie also hosts the Skylark’s bingo night Add to a List , as the Belle of the Balls, on Tuesdays, if you feel like having numbers screamed at you by a big blonde bombshell. You might get lucky!
(Skylark Cafe & Club, West Seattle, $10 - $13, last Saturdays)

SUNDAYS

Mimosas Cabaret Add to a List
It’s an all-star cast at the Unicorn every Sunday morning, complete with a brunch buffet! They’ve also been doing a 30-minute mini-production of Little Shop of Horrors lately. Co-creator Isabella Extynn hosts, with a roster that features queens Ruby Bouché, Louvel, Skarlet Dior Black, and Glory Joel, plus drag king Manny Del Dia. This is what one might call Classic Drag, serving up sequins-ed gowns and showtune realness, so gird yourself for major Patti LuPone vibes.
(Unicorn, Capitol Hill, $25, weekly)

Runway Drag Brunch with Ladie Chablis Add to a List
Ladie Chablis is a goddamn legend in this town. After emceeing Lashes (above), for 17 years!!, she’s now holding down the Sunday brunch slot at Taqueria Cantina in Belltown every weekend, always with a dazzling lineup of guests, and you gotta go. Not throwing any shade at Le Faux at Julia’s–also a local institution–but if your mom likes drag brunch, this is the one. The cocktails look great at this spot as well. They will put an entire paleta–that’s a frooty Mexican popsicle–IN your margarita like it’s a freaking swizzle stick. No idea if the tacos are any good, but with queens and frozen margs, does it matter?
(Taqueria Cantina, Downtown, $7, weekly)

Leather and Lace Drag Cabaret Add to a List
If there’s anything better than a FREE drag show in the minuscule bar inside of a suburban roller rink, we don’t know what it is. Your hostesses of Leather and Lace are the sickness-inducing duo Old Witch and Tinashea Monet along with a cadre of musical guests—although they may only appear here on Sundays, they all slay for days and days. Seating is limited, so if you want a spot, you better werk.
(Southgate Roller Rink, White Center, free, weekly)

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